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The Silence is a British television crime drama, first broadcast on BBC One in 2010, which follows the story of a young deaf girl who witnesses a murder. The series was broadcast between 12–15 July 2010. The drama stars deaf actress Genevieve Barr in her first major role following her successful screen debut in Channel 4's The Amazing Dermot, alongside Dervla Kirwan, Gina McKee, Hugh Bonneville and Douglas Henshall. The series was also directed by Dearbhla Walsh. The series, produced by Company Pictures,[1] was filmed in Dublin, but set in Bristol.[2]

The Silence
GenreCrime dramaThriller
Written byFiona Seres
Directed byDearbhla Walsh
StarringGenevieve Barr
Gina McKee
Hugh Bonneville
Douglas Henshall
Dervla Kirwan
Harry Ferrier
Tom Kane
Rebecca Oldfield
Theme music composerJohn Lunn
Country of originEngland
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes4 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)George Faber
Charles Pattinson
Producer(s)Eleanor Greene
Production location(s)Bristol
Editor(s)Ben Yeates
Úna Ní Dhonghaíle
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s)Company Pictures
Original networkBBC One
Picture format16:9
Audio formatStereo
Original release12 July (2010-07-12) –
15 July 2010 (2010-07-15)
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The Silence is set in and around Bristol, south-western England. The plot centres around Amelia, portrayed by Genevieve Barr, an eighteen-year-old struggling to integrate into a hearing world following cochlear implantation, who witnesses the murder of a police officer. The subsequent investigation unravels a net of police corruption.[3]

DCI Jim Edwards (Henshall) is investigating a gang execution, and invites Amelia, his niece, to stay with him for respite and to help her to hear using her recent implant. Amelia has overprotective parents, Anne and Chris (McKee and Bonneville), and relishes the chance to party with her cousins Tom, Joel and Sophie (Ferrier, Kane and Oldfield).[3] While there, Amelia witnesses the murder of Jane Shilladay (O'Grady), a policewoman who works for the domestic violence unit and is romantically involved with colleague and amateur boxer Rocky (Campbell). By lip-reading CCTV footage, Amelia provides Edwards with a link between the two apparently unrelated murders, and recognises a member of the drug squad as one of the killers. He keeps her evidence and identity a secret in order to protect her, putting his career at risk, but their lives become endangered when he begins to unravel police corruption within the drug squad.[4]

The Edwards family becomes victimised by the drugs squad, with Jim Edwards' wife Maggie (Kirwan) being harassed by policeman Mac (Hallett), and son Tom being framed, by Mac and Rocky, for conspiracy to deal drugs along with Ely (Nevern), Sophie's boyfriend.



  1. ^ The Silence, 7 July 2010, Retrieved on 14 July 2010.
  2. ^ The Silence:Gina McKee (Anna), 7 July 2010, Retrieved on 14 July 2010.
  3. ^ a b Press Pack: The Silence, 7 July 2010, Retrieved 15 July 2010.
  4. ^ The Silence:Episodes 1 and 2, 7 July 2010, Retrieved 15 July 2010.

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